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NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST FAMILY HISTORY
James FORASTER born ca 1700 died between 05 Sep 1755 when will was dated and Dec 1755 when it was proven in Orange Co. NC Court. married ca 1724 Ann ASHLEY
Ch: William, James, Benjamin B., Thomas, Jane, John and Ann.
William FORREST born ca 1726 died between 08 Aug 1777 when will was dated and Aug 1778 when will proven in Orange Co. NC Court
married Louvina or Lavenia GRISHAM ca 1749
Ch: Shadrack, Gresham, Joel, William, Jesse, Isaac, James, Mary Margaret TULL, and Virginia.
Shadrack FORREST born 1751
married Jane LEDBETTER born 1742
Ch: Nathan, Shadrack Jr., Elisha, Elizabeth LOVINS, Silas.
This is the family history of Nathan Bedford Forrest taken from the book, "That Devil Forrest"; copies of information from the Cossitt Library, Memphis, TN., and copies of newspaper clippings from the Memphis Paper, News Scimitar, IGI Records Church of the Latter Day Saints. I did none of the research and have downloaded from published internet sources – LDC 2004
Great-great-great-great-Grandfather, Shadrack Forrest: About 1740 moved from VA. to a colony in N.C. settling in what would become Orange County when the state was admitted to the Union. To him was born (his second son) Nathan.
Great-great-great-Grandfather Nathan b. 1776 NC: He married in N.C. to a Miss Nancy Shepherd Baugh Jan. 14, 1799, who descended from an Irish family who had immigrated to the New World. He had a son William who was the oldest of 8 children, 5 boys and 3 girls.
Ch: William, Jonathan, Jane, James Nelson, Melinda S., Henderson B., Shadrack F., Nancy M., Eliza G., Nathan A. and Brittain.
Great-great-Grandfather William: Born 1798/1801 NCd. 1837 MS. In 1806 when he was 8 years old the family moved to Tenn., north of the Cumberland River, not far from the town of Gatlin. In 1808 they settled in Duck River in what was then Bedford County, Tenn. He grew to manhood and learned the Blacksmiths trade. In 1820 he married Miriam Beck. Miriam Beck was of Scottish extraction her parents having immigrated from South Carolina and settled near what is now Caney Springs, near Duck River, in the middle of Tenn. in 1796. She was 6 feet tall and 180 pounds.
Ch: Nathan Bedford, Frances, John, William, Aaron, Jesse, Jeffrey, 2 sons and 2 daus. who died young.
They had 7 sons and 3 daughters and one son posthumously.
Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Nathan Bedford FORREST born 13 Jul 1821 about a “half mile west of Chapel Hill in old Bedford, now Marshall Co. TN, died 29 Oct 1877 in Tennessee at his brother’s home.mar. Mary Ann MONTGOMERY 25 Sep 1845 Hernando, DeSoto Co. MS
Ch: William Montgomery, Frances A. b. 1848 d. 27 Jun 1854
Other children of William and Miriam:
All daughters of William and Miriam died early in life. By 1898 all of the sons of William and Miriam Beck Forrest were deceased.
John (second son): Served in the Mexican War and was shot and paralyzed. He resided in Memphis, Tenn., at Worsham House in 1862.
William (third son): Served in the Confederate Cavalry. He led the charge at Streights Column at the Battle of Sand Mountain where he was wounded, April 30, 1863.
Aaron (fourth son): A Lt. Colonel of a Miss. Regiment of Cavalry, Paducah, Kent. in 1864. He was taken ill with pneumonia and died in Dresden, Tenn. Aaron was a slave trader who worked with his brother Nathan and operated a trading company in Vicksburg, MS.
Jesse A. (fifth son): Lt. Colonel of a Regiment in 1864. Wounded in Alabama. He was also involved in the slave trade in Mississippi.
Jeffrey (sixth son): Colonel of a Cavalry, commanded a Brigade in his brother Nathan's division at the Battle of Okalona and was shot through the neck and died when leading the charge in 1863. He had been in the slave trade with his brothers.
In 1837 William died leaving Nathan the head of the family of his mother, 6 brothers and 3 sisters. Four months after his death, Jeffrey, a posthumous child was born. Six years later, Miriam married Joseph Luxton and to them were born children, 3 boys and 1 girl.
It is said that Nathan Bedford Forrest got his determination from his mother. He was 16 years old when his father died. By 1840 at the age of 19 years he prospered on the land his father settled. In 1841 he joined a company of volunteers in Texas. In 1842 he moved to Hernando, Miss. where he went into the cotton business. In 1845 he married Mary Montgomery. In 1851 he sold his cotton business and moved to Memphis, Tenn. where he was a speculator and an Official of the City of Memphis. In 1859 he closed out his Real Estate and Slave Business.
In 1862 he became a Brigadier General at the age of 41. In 1863 he became a Major General and Lieutenant General in 1865.
He had only one son, William Montgomery Forrest.
Grandfather William Montgomery Forrest b. 28 Sep1846 Hernando, De Soto County, Mississippi. Captain Forrest was with his father Nathan Bedford in all the campaigns that caused the world to ring with his fame. He was wounded three times, at Fort Donelson, at Harrisburg and at Spring Hill, Tenn. He was paroled at Gainesville, Alabama May 11, 1865.
William was married to Jane Taylor Cook.
He joined the Historical Society in Memphis, Tenn. Oct. 9, 1904.
He died Feb. 8, 1908 at his home at 187 Adams Avenue,. Memphis, Tenn. He was stricken with a fatal stroke of paralysis while at the Lyceum Theater. His funeral was held at the Court Avenue Presbyterian Church, Memphis, Tenn. It is written that he had a premonition of his death, as he wrote in a letter to his wife on the night he collapsed with a stroke.
He had one son, Nathan Bedford Forrest II.
Father Nathan Bedford Forrest II: Born 1872 in Oxford, Mississippi, married Mattie Patton of Memphis, Tenn. (b. 1883)
He lived for many years in Memphis, Tenn. where he was connected with the Equitable Life Insurance Co. He had also been in business with his father as a railroad and levee contractor. He left Memphis about 1919 and made his home in Atlanta. He also spent 5 years in Alaska as a miner and prospector.
For a number of years he had taken an active interest in the Ku Klux Klan, which had it's headquarters in Atlanta. At the time of his death he held the Honorary position of Imperial Klokann, an office in the national organization. He also held the position as Grand Dragon of Georgia.
He died March 13, 1931 in White Springs, Florida of a paralytic stroke.
He had one son Nathan Bedford Forrest III, and three daughters, Nary Helen, (sic) Nandy and Martha.
Son Nathan Bedford Forrest III: Born April, 5, 1905 at Waldran, near Poplar in Memphis, Tenn.
Moved to Biloxi, Miss. when he was 7 years old and later to Atlanta, GA.
Graduated West Point June 9, 1928 and commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Cavalry. In 1929 he transferred from the Cavalry to the Air Force.
Feb. 4, 1934 First Lieutenant
June 16, 1938 Captain
Jan. 31, 1941 Major
Jan. 5, 1942 Lieutenant Colonel
Mar. 1, 1942 Colonel
Nov. 2, 1942 Brigadier General
He achieved the rank of Brigadier Generalat the age of 37, four years earlier than his famous Great grandfather, Nathan Bedford Forrest attained the same rank. Died June 13, 1942 which is the official date as recorded, killed in action. He was originally reported missing in action when his plane was shot down. His body was found September 23, 1943 when it was washed ashore at the Seaplane Base at Bug, Reugen Island, Germany. He was buried Sept. 28, 1943 in a grassy little cemetery near Wiek, Germany. As per copy of information in the Memphis newspaper it was reported in 1947 that the Generals former wife is now Mrs. Frances Martin of Spokane, Wash., has indicated that she will request that the body be returned to the United States and buried in Arlington National Cemetery. General Forrest was married to Frances Brassler who was the daughter of George Brassler and Teresa Heinz.